(November 23, 2014) Jesus praises those righteous ones, who extend care to the hurting, hungry, sick, and suffering, because in so doing, they have offered care to him. However, they are surprised to earn this praise, because they were not consciously looking for Jesus, only doing “the right thing.” Many times when we see examples of people living their faith out in service, they are not consciously looking for Jesus, but perhaps have so cultivated a habit of love and service toward others that it becomes second nature for them. We look at the examples of Dr. Martin Salia and of Arnold Abbott, two men from the week’s news who each live lives of perpetual love and service– do they see Jesus, or just do the right thing? Does it matter? (Matthew 25:31-46)
I began my sermon by first playing this video clip, from United Methodist Communications.